Ex-Oregon players accused of sexual assault sue school over dismissal
Two former Oregon Ducks players are suing the school after they were dismissed from the university over an alleged sexual assault, reports ESPN’s Dana O’Neil.
Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson were accused of sexual assault in a police report of an incident occurring in March 2014. Dotson and Artis were dismissed from the school in May 2014, along with Brandon Austin, who is not involved in the lawsuit. None of the players were charged after the police report.
Dotson and Artis are seeking $10 million each from Oregon, alleging the investigation into the incident was biased, they were denied due process and were not given a fair hearing over the accusation. The lawsuit also claims the dismissal of Dotson and Artis hampered their chances of making it to the NBA.
“The manner that the proceedings were conducted at Oregon has been problematic and that these students were victimized by that process,” Dotson and Artis’s attorney Alex Spiro told ESPN.
Dotson went to Houston after his dismissal, averaging 13.9 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Cougars this season. Artis now plays at UTEP, where he averaged 11.7 points this year.
Oregon recently earned its first No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament in program history. The Ducks’ first game is scheduled for Friday.